iPad Pro: One Month Later

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

Time flies when you’re working! It’s hard to believe that I just looked at my calendar and realized that I’ve had my iPad Pro now for 32 days. I figured it was time to give you guys an update now that I’ve had a full month to experience it, work on it, travel with it and use Apps that were designed to take advantage of the larger display size and more importantly Apple Pencil.

First off iPad Pro without…

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I’ll Be Speaking at the Upcoming Periscope Summit

Periscope Summit Speakers

Many of you know that I embraced Live Streaming early on. Periscope launched on March 26, 2015 and I did my first LIVE broadcast on March 27th using the App. Since then I’ve been streaming on Periscope on a regular basis as well as Facebook Mentions Live. I also stream twice a week on the Adobe Twitch.tv channel. Last night I got the word that I’ve been added to the list of speakers for the upcoming Periscope Summit in San Francisco January 14-17, 2016. I’m honored not only to be a speaker but to speak about something I’m passionate about and that is Live Streaming and Photography.

But wait, there’s more…

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Apple’s New iPhone Battery Case is Ugly

iPhone Battery Case
As many of you know I’ve been a fan of Apple’s products for years. Usually I’m attracted by the style, integration, and ease of use. Yesterday, I was left scratching my head like many of you. Apple all of a sudden decided to get into the iPhone backup battery game. That in and of itself surprises me. What it says for the first time is that we admit that our iPhone batteries don’t last long enough for some people so we’re gonna sell you a battery to make it last longer. Just not a move that I expected from Apple.

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The Best Keyboard for iPad Pro

Logitech Create Keyboard for iPad Pro

For whatever reason Apple didn’t have the Apple branded iPad Pro accessories widely available on day one. Although you could walk into an Apple Store and pick up the iPad Pro of your choice you had to wait for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro. Although I had preordered all 3 items together, the iPad Pro arrived two days later, but the Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro didn’t arrive till several days later. I had already sourced another Apple Pencil from the Apple Store in Michigan (thanks Linda) and I gave up waiting for the Apple Smart Keyboard to arrive. Instead I drove to my local Best Buy and picked up the Logitech Create Keyboard for iPad Pro. I’m so glad I went this route instead. Had the Apple keyboard arrived on time I may have never looked at the Logitech Create. I would have been missing out!

Here’s why the Logitech Create Keyboard for iPad Pro is sooooo much better…

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Why I’m Switching My Primary Hotel Loyalty Back to Marriott in 2016

Marriott vs. Hilton

I travel a LOT for my job. I usually either stay at a Hilton property or a Marriott property as they are on my company’s approved list of hotels in most places. However, since I started doing more worldwide travel a few years ago I switched my preference back then from Marriott to Hilton. Hilton simply had more properties in the places that I traveled to the most. Now I don’t travel worldwide as much as I used to. I do still travel quite a bit here in the US.

I don’t dislike Hilton but…

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The Sony Mirrorless A7RII Camera Review You’ve Been Waiting For

Sony A7RII Review

Ever since I received my Sony A7RII Review unit, people have been asking me what I thought about it. I didn’t want to jump to any quick conclusions, so I decided to really put this camera though its paces, traveling with it and using it in one of my studio shoots. Let me start off by saying that this IS an AMAZING CAMERA. There’s no question that Sony got a lot of things right with the Sony Alpha A7RII. I’m a Nikon shooter and have shot primarily with Nikon DSLRs since about 2006. However, I’m not a zealot when it comes to Nikon. I love my Nikon bodies, lenses and accessories, but not to the point that I refuse to look at anything else. In fact I have Nikon DSLRs, another older Sony Mirrorless camera, Canon Point & Shoot and Canon and Sony video cameras. Every manufacturer gets most things right and a few things not so right. Also I’m not paid by any of them so my opinions can be as unbiased as they can be.

Let’s get to it…

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3 Last Minute Cyber Monday Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

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Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you a heads up about 4 Cyber Monday Deals that you can still take advantage of today!

 

#1

Kelby One

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My friends over at Kelby One are offering a lot of great deals:

Kelby One MEMBERSHIP DEALS

Purchase a 1-year membership for just $149 (save $50) & receive as a FREE bonus:

· KelbyOne Creative Mega Pack ($99 value), which includes more than 100 of our custom-made actions, brushes, presets, patterns, tips, and more for Photoshop and Lightroom users.

· Scott Kelby Live at the Tampa Theatre ($69.95 value) – If you missed Scott Kelby’s “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” LIVE seminar tour, you can now finally experience the entire seminar, from start to finish, as recorded live at the beautiful Tampa Theatre. Watch the trailer

Purchase a 2-year membership for just $298 (Save $100), which includes:

> The Creative Mega Pack (as mentioned above)

> Scott Kelby Live at the Tampa Theater (as mentioned above)

PLUS: Our KelbyOne Hot Tips Guide — an exclusive ebook with 250 of our very best tips for Photoshop and Lightroom hand-picked by the KelbyOne creative team.

BOOKS

Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers Book Bundle: $62.99 (45% off)

The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers – $54.99

The Adobe Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers (spiral bound) – $59.99

The Best Of Digital Photography Book Bundle: $32.96 (40% off)

The Best of Digital Photography Book Series – $24.99

How Do I Do That In Lightroom – $29.95

Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers Book, Vol. 2: $30 (40% off) $49.99 list price

PHOTOSHOP WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO

Full Conference Pass for only $599 ($300 off) – $899 regular price

Get the deals here.

#2

20% Off Everything at Arkon Mounts PLUS Free US SHIPPING!

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My Top 10 2015 Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is here although each year it’s becoming more and more “Black November”, nevertheless I’ve got my picks for the Top 10 Black Friday deals that you don’t want to miss. In no particular order let’s get to it:

 

#1

It wouldn’t be Black Friday without great deals from B&H Photo and Video.



You can see All the B&H Black Friday Deals in one spot here.

#2

Kelby One

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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I want to take this opportunity to wish EVERYONE a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a LOT to be thankful for and one of the things that I’m most thankful for is the overwhelming amount of support that I receive from my readers and fans. Enjoy time with your friends and family.

If you get into the whole holiday shopping thing be sure to come back tomorrow to take a peek at some hand picked Black Friday Gadget/Tech Deals. I would ask that you not give in to the desires of retailers today and not go shopping on Thanksgiving. Black Friday is starting to become Black October and November and there’s really no reason that the deals can’t wait until Friday.

Otherwise, enjoy! I’m looking forward to the long weekend.

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